Dangan Ronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Mini Review

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So, beat Dangan Ronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls the other day. In short…

Plot: 11/10, I would posit this has the best plot & writing out of the entire series

Gameplay: 1/10, have fun not actively trying to destroy your Vita w/ how terrible gameplay is ~.~ Most of the game is spent fighting the camera & unnecessary cinematics among a crapton of other things >.> I would say, contrary to the quality of the writing & plot, this game has the worst gameplay of the entire series

Boss fights/mini games: 7/10, despite a terrible combat system, the boss fights & most of the mini game stuff was actually pretty fun, especially the last 2 boss fights

Characters: 8/10, despite the fact I HATE kid characters, loved all them & the rest of the cast for this game. Besides this, Komaru & Toko had their moments I wanted to kill them for stupidity & c**tiness respectively, but I liked them overall

Music: 9/10, they reuse a lot from the other games w/ the addition of a few things original for the game & remixes of previous songs & all of it’s good

Voice acting (dub): 9/10, besides my issues w/ Nagito’s VA; i.e., good but not nearly as awesome as the sub on account of the creepy laugh, overall VAing quality was fantastico. Now, cinematics you can tell the lip sync was way the f**k off but otherwise really good, especially for the 5 kid villains

Ending: 11enty/10, I absolutely love the ending to this game. SOOO good 😄

Overall, the writing, character development, & plot was on-point for this game, it’s just a shame it can be somewhat overshadowed by abysmal gameplay. Def recommend at least watching an LP to see that plot if you really want to skip past soul killing gameplay.

Quick Thoughts on Ultra Despair Girls

How my day went yesterday/early this morning…
“Just going to play a few hours of Ultra Despair Girls & then get back to being productive”…

10+ hours later

MY KAMI, WHAT HAVE I DONE?! DX

All jokes aside, love the plot & seeing my fav/true hero of the series, Nagito Komaeda, but 2 things:

1) Although the overall VAing, since they only have it in dub, is EXCELLENT, Nagito’s VA is “terrible”. I put it in quotation marks b/c he isn’t a bad VA (he’s actually super great), but no one can hold a candle to Nagito’s seiyuu. Like, he comes close, he has the creepy sound down, but not the unsettlingness. Still, great effort but meh. Especially doesn’t help that I played the other 2 games in sub (’cause Kazuya Nakai), so I have to deal w/ that shock. Quite honestly, the more I actively brainwash myself to forget what he sounded like in sub, the better his voice sounds >.> Incidentally, his English VA is Bryce Papenbrook, who is AMAZINGLY talented, but this role to me is more or less a trap. I don’t believe any current VA really has the range for Nagito (I would venture to say Liam O’Brien but that’s just my bias kicking in), not that dub VAs are bad or that this is terrible or a travesty of some sort, but it is really hard to pull off Nagito, so kudos to him for getting close. However, if you’ve been playing the games in dub, then he sounds excellent, no arguments there.

2) Overall game play is beyond terrible. Kami-sama help you if you’re used to FPSes & then play this -_- It’s a real struggle w/ s**t controls & a gawd awful UI, but I’m managing ~.~ Not surprising when you factor in it’s an FPS like game made by ppl. who mostly do visual novels >.>